CARE OF HANDBELLS
The beautiful tone and finish of Whitechapel handbells is derived from a
combination of bell design, bell metal alloy, craftsmanship in moulding and
tuning and centuries of accumulated knowledge and experience in this Foundry.
Treated with care they will give years of pleasure to all who play and hear
Following a few simple "do's and don'ts" will extend the life of your bells:
- Do handle the bells with care
- The metal is necessarily brittle and will not stand rough handling or
dropping on the floor.
- Don't touch the metal surface unneccessarily
- We send out the bells with a very high polish, and this can only be
maintained by an occasional rub with a clean dry and soft chamois leather.
Moisture from fingers causes local tarnishing.
- Do use metal polish or impregnated cloths
- to remove any tarnish that the leather wil not. Metal polish two or three
times a year will do no harm.
- Don't clean the bells with abrasives
- If you must use a buffing machine, use a soft mop or jewellers' rouge.
- Do store your bells in a clean, dry place.
- Moisture and light will tarnish them.
- Don't remove felt buffers from clappers
- They are fitted to the larger bells (usually 18G and down), and are
graded to give the finest tonal response.
- Do apply a spot of a light oil lubricant
- either side of the clapper where it swings on the nylon staple pin.
Only very occasionally, if they dry and rattle slightly, and only a
- Don't stand large bells mouth downwards
- 22C and larger are heavy bells and you may set the springs out of
adjustment, or damage the clapper pegs and felts.
- Do grip the handles close up to the leather caps
- when playing. We take special care to make a smooth finish flush to the
rivets for this purpose, and proper handling will lengthen the life of
the handles indefinitely.
- Don't pack the bells jumbled in a box
- where they will get scratched and the handles and clappers damaged. We
can supply fitted cases tailored to any range of bells up to the full
- Do remember
- that we enjoyed crafting these bells. Part of us goes out with them.